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Project & Predict: how might your user’s needs and your needs change in 5 years? 10? 20?
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Take 2 X 2 Consider the library spaces you know for children & teens. List 2 things that work List 2 things that need work
Starting from Scratch What are some of the things you’ll need to think about when designing a library from scratch?
Heavy floor loads Library stacks and records storage are typically designed for a 150 lbs per square foot load.
Special Lighting Establishing lighting zones at the beginning of the design process. Differentiate between the lighting needs for shelving, circulation, reading and workrooms. Consider energy efficient lighting.